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Bibby goes back to Wigan

Young prop Jack Bibby, who played off the bench in our 16-12 win against Halifax, won’t be available to play against Whitehaven on Saturday (12.45pm kick off) because his loan agreement has expired and he’s gone back to Wigan Warriors.

We had a short-term agreement with Warriors. It was for two weeks only and the 19-year-old played for us at London Broncos, where he scored a try, and then again in our terrific win against the Panthers at Bower Fold.

“Jack goes back to Wigan with our thanks and best wishes. He did a good job for us,” said Roughyeds chairman Chris Hamilton.

Just as Bibby scored on debut at Broncos, so another young loan player from a Super League club, centre Jack Croft, scored against Halifax.

His superbly taken try four minutes from the end proved to be the winner and followed his defence-smashing break in the first half which created a try for his winger, Tommy Brierley.

Croft (20) picked up an ankle injury for his troubles, but the good news is that by Tuesday night he was able to train and he is expected to be fit to face Whitehaven at Bower Fold .

Coach Matt Diskin is less confident about the chances of half-back Dave Hewitt making it.

“Chewy” was helped off the field towards the end of the Halifax game with a painful dead leg and his prospects for being fit by Saturday are said to be ‘touch and go’.

Another half-back, James Barran, is still out with a recurrence of groin trouble.

In the forwards, Danny Bridge and Shaun Pick are back in training, but whether they will be considered fit enough to play on Saturday is not yet known.

Looking ahead to the game, in which Roughyeds will be defending an unbeaten home record this season, Diskin said:

“It’s going to be very, very tough.

“The Cumbrians are always very determined and very resolute and we’ll need to be very much on the button.

“A massive part of our preparation will focus on the need for us to be just as switched-on as we were last week.”

You can watch what should be another cracking contest on Our League — free to home season-ticket holders and only £4.95 for everybody else if purchased before the day of the game.

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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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